Research Manager

Harvard University
Boston, MA
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Position DescriptionThe Digital Data Design (D^3) Institute at Harvard produces cutting-edge research into the changes in the business landscape as a result of digital and AI transformations. The Institute formally launched in July 2022 to produce research into business models, operating models, reskilling, customer intelligence, and other strategic decisions faced by all industries. D^3 also provides Harvard Business School with a new architecture for rigorous research through a lab-based model for social science research.
We are looking for strong, proactive leaders to manage research and activities of each of the labs within the institute. These Research Managers work under the direct supervision of the lab's faculty Principal Investigators and Senior Director of Labs for the Institute. It is a highly collaborative position that is critical to the research mission of the lab.
The Research Manager will work with Professor Leslie Perlow at the LIFE Lab to develop research portfolios and define and execute projects. The Research Manager will work closely with the lab team, D^3 internal platforms, and external industry, government, and university partners to execute research activities. The Research Manager is a key member of the LIFE Lab team assisting Professor Perlow in ensuring success of the lab.
The Crafting Your Life (LIFE) Lab uses technology and AI to help people reflect on and make both big and small changes in their lives that lead to measurable positive impact. Users report quitting jobs, reallocating time, and having a real wakeup call from using these tools. The goal of the LIFE Lab is to create ways that individuals can not only learn about themselves through their own reflections but through the life experiences of others. The Lab strives to collect data that continually improves the user experience and learning while amassing an ever expanding database to better enable the study of how people can live their best lives.
Primary Duties
As part of a dynamic team and working with competing demands, the Research Manager supports the Principal Investigators and the lab with the following responsibilities:
  • Supporting the development of the strategic direction of the lab with faculty principal investigators and D^3 leadership;
  • Fostering and managing research programs through every phase from ideation to dissemination under the direction of faculty principal investigators and with lab team members;
  • Writing, editing, and distributing content (including presentations, videos, briefs, summaries, white papers, and practitioner-orientated articles) based on research findings;
  • Assisting faculty principal investigators with design of experiments and surveys; oversees execution of experiments and surveys;
  • Acting as a project manager for lab projects and related events, including tracking deliverables and milestones on projects and supervising the work of the project team;
  • Representing the lab while communicating with and building and maintaining strong relationships with internal platforms and external partners;
  • Facilitating and organizing internal and external meetings, events, and conferences;
  • Assisting faculty principal investigators in managing research compliance needs, including the coordination of Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions, data use agreements (DUA), and data safety application process with lab researchers; promotes best practices for the responsible conduct of research and research integrity;
  • Maintaining strong working relationships with multiple faculty members;
  • Fostering a cohesive lab community and working closely with Research Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows; assisting visitors and students with their engagement with the lab;
  • Preparing deliverables and reports related to internal and external funding, monitoring timelines and budgets, collaborating with the internal finance team, communicating with external funders as appropriate;
  • Arranging travel and lab purchases; and
  • Other responsibilities as needed.
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree and at least 5 years of relevant work experience are required.
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects is required.
  • Demonstrated experience writing for a variety of audiences is required.
  • Demonstrated understanding of research methods and protocols is required.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Experience managing staff and teams preferred.
  • Experience in higher education or research.
  • Strong leadership skills; a team player with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A scientific or social science background.
  • Experience coordinating with external stakeholders.
  • Ability to navigate multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines at an accelerated pace when necessary.
Additional InformationThis is a full-time term appointment starting summer 2023, through June 30, 2024, with the possibility of renewal based on funding and performance. All Researcher Manager roles at HBS are structured as term appointments. There is strong potential for reappointment, and a preference for candidates willing to commit for two or more years.
This role is offered as a hybrid (some combination of onsite and remote) where you are required to be onsite at our Boston, MA based campus 2-4 days per week. Specific days and schedule will be determined between you and your manager.
We may conduct candidate interviews virtually (phone and/or via Zoom) and/or in-person for this role.
A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity. All candidates will be expected to submit a writing sample, and transcript.
Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS is profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life experiences. Explore HBS work culture at .BenefitsWe invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job FunctionResearch Department Office LocationUSA - MA - Boston Job CodeRS0056 Researcher II Humanities Work FormatHybrid (partially on-site, partially remote) DepartmentDivision of Research and Faculty DevelopmentSub-Unit Time StatusFull-time Salary Grade056Union00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Appointment End Date30-Jun-2024Pre-Employment ScreeningEducation, IdentityCommitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and BelongingHarvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.EEO StatementWe are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • School/Unit: Harvard Business School
  • Auto req ID: 63354BR

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